Chapter 5

The Five Circles of Prayer for Your Sermon

Start in the center with yourself and move outward to continued impact.

I have always been told I have the “gift of gab.” If you get me started on something, I like to talk about it! If you’re anything like me, the ultimate thing we like to talk about is Jesus. It’s the best discussion we could ever have. And we are preachers, so it has to be all about Jesus!

But the things we talk about when we teach the Bible—the “what” and the “why”—that’s a whole ‘nother question. We have so many directions we can go. So many things our culture is talking about. The places our teaching series have brought us. The things we are seeing in the passage we’re studying. Sometimes it can get confusing, even overwhelming if we let it.

So I have a question for you … When you think about preaching a sermon, what’s the first thing you think about?

I can pretty much guarantee that almost none of us answered “prayer.” (Except, of course, if you already read the title of the article).

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